The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating

Bedridden with a mysterious illness, Elizabeth Tova Bailey  becomes absorbed in observation of a snail that accompanies a gift of wild violets a friend has brought her. You'll be surprised how much that snail teaches her, and us.

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Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…